We are just a few days away from celebrating this festival in Badalona, a tribute to the figure of the guitar maker and master José Luis Romanillos, one of the most outstanding artisan guitar makers of recent decades, who passed away in 2022. The Festival offers an interesting exhibition of concert guitars and three classical guitar recitals by great international performers, all events with free admission.



At the concert dedicated to Romanillos held in Badalona last year, one of his disciples proposed a challenge to the rest of the luthiers: to build a guitar inspired by those of their master and to come to Badalona a year later to organise an exhibition in his honour with the built instruments. Ten luthiers loved the idea and accepted the challenge. It's time to see the result.

The Festival will bring together for three days 10 prestigious luthiers from six different countries, former students of Romanillos, who will exhibit the guitars they have built to pay homage to their master. This unique and unrepeatable exhibition can be seen at the El Carme Cultural Centre, with free access.

The exhibition also includes three Romanillos original guitars, a bibliographical display of his books and the documentary Medio Siglo, an album published by Antigoni Goni, in which he has recorded Romanillos' favourite works performed on the latest guitars he built.



Coinciding with the exhibition, three classical guitar recitals  by great performers have been programmed: Antigoni Goni, Abel García Ayala and a "tasting" concert in the same exhibition hall, in which several great interpreters will play with the guitars on display. All concerts are free access, but seats can be reserved online in advance.



The Badalona Guitar Association, organiser of the festival, is working to offer an event of interest to professionals and amateurs of the classical guitar, but also aimed at all people who love music, arts and culture in general. The Badalona City Council collaborates with our festival by providing the Centre Cultural El Carme de Badalona as a hall for the exhibition, and the Teatre Margarida Xirgu and the Museum of Badalona as venues for the concerts. We also thank the institutions and private companies that, with their collaboration or financial support, are helping to make this idea a reality.

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